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David Hernick

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I once had muscovies and found a couple of hidden nests with a full clutch of eggs in them.  I set up in a part of town with a lot of foot traffic and sold them for $0.50 each, or $5 a dozen, now this was years ago in Olympia.  I did not have too many after that.  I am guessing you will find people interested in duck eggs by the time you have too many and between eating like a king and sharing you will not have too many.  Enjoy your ducks, they are great
1 month ago
Hi Andrew,  I am sure you can have success with peppers like like cayenne and a small sweet pepper variety.  There are a lot of sweet snacking pepper varieties now that are very productive. In the past, I grew Hungarian wax peppers, Not the hot ones.  If you want to try something interesting Rocoto or Manzano (Capsicum pubescens)might overwinter well in your area, they like cool weather, so they would do well in a protected spot.
I have been thinking about a lot of these concepts as well.  I have been reading Tending the Wild by Kat Anderson, and what I will reference is that the book provides a lot of evidence of the management of land by indigenous/native Californians creating an environment with open views, such that early western accounts of California describe it as being very "Park-like".  I have had goats and they help with clearing but they do not remove brush and you need to clear areas for fencing, even electric fencing.  I am hoping to get approval through the city of Oakland, adopt a spot, to do some removal of scotch broom and clearing of brush into hugel like mounds in a nearby park that had burnt 3 times in the mid 1900s.  Thornless noples (prickly pear) and some agaves are all I think will stick before the buried wood mounds are ready to plant.  Live oaks and chaparral plants are tolerant of some fire or fire adapted.  The book talks about the native Californian managed fires as being slow moving and close to the ground with isolated more intense fire, which served a very positive purpose.  Imagining keeping a landscape in a way where a fire would behave this way is a more positive vision to work toward which I think is helpful
4 months ago
I recommend The Citrus Clonal Protection Program,  I just got bud wood for red flesh finger lime.  They are really professional and you know the budwood is clean.
It will be a clone of the scion/graft.  This makes sense right, the grafted part of the tree is creating roots from its own cells.
1 year ago
Canary Island Date is my guess,  Phoenix canariensis.  The thorns at the base of the leaves are an indicator.
1 year ago
The trouble with apples is the malic acid, and other components that make the apples interesting ferment off.  Yes, you could distill it.  At least there would be less of it after distilling.  I have made mead with the addition of black tea for bitterness and lemon for acid.  Similarly, you could add ingredients for bitterness and acid.  Champaign yeast is persistent so it takes a good deal of racking and aging to get rid of the yeast flavor and really taste what you have made.
1 year ago
It could be something stuck in her crop preventing her from eating, hardware can be the cause.  This happened to a duck of mine,  the duck/ drake did shake its head and neck a lot which I think is characteristic behavior.
1 year ago
Definitely interesting work.  I had not seen mention of citrofortunella hybrids like Indio Mandarinquat, the rind is amazing and if you let them hang long enough they are sweet.  I think the smaller leaves also helps them when there is less water.
I found it interesting that mandarins, pomelos, and citrons are all zygotic, since all commercial citrus traces back to these three "parents".

Microcitrus are very interesting too, especially since they have resistance to citrus greening.  Apparently Microcitrus spp. can cross with Citrus ichangensis, see the link below.;32/3/440-e
The hybrids of the two should be really interesting and cold hardy.
I can't send a purple moosage either.  I could send you  a couple fruits of passiflora edulis "frederick" that would have plenty of seeds.  The plants even pop up as volunteers in my garden.